Queensland sprawls out over the whole of the north-east corner of Australia. So where to begin?
Most people flying direct from Melbourne head for the big oceanside cities – Brisbane, Cairns and Gold Coast. But the beaches are close on their heels. The Whitsunday Islands have rocketed in popularity over recent years – and you can take a direct flight straight to the idyllic Hamilton Island.
Just don’t forget to consider inland spots like Toowoomba and Mount Isa. The remoteness of these places is just a part of their charm.
Southern cities like Brisbane and Gold Coast are the shortest hop away, with direct flight times of around 2 hours 20 minutes. More northerly places like Townsville, Cairns and the Whitsunday Islands are over 3 hours away.
Domestic airlines are the major carriers – so Jetstar Airways, Qantas Airways, Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia. Airnorth also offers direct flights to more remote inland towns.
Very. Direct flights from Melbourne to Queensland take off all day, every day. Trips between cities are particularly frequent – e.g. 36 direct flights from Melbourne to Brisbane jet off each day.
You can fly from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport and take your pick of airports in Queensland.
Direct Melbourne to Queensland flights head for Brisbane Airport, Cairns Airport, Gold Coast Airport, Townsville Airport, Sunshine Coast Airport, Hamilton Island Airport (AKA Great Barrier Reef Airport) and Proserpine Airport (AKA Whitsunday Coast Airport).
The closest cities usually offer the cheapest flights from Melbourne to Queensland – Brisbane, closely followed by Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast region.
Queensland serves up some of the best bits of Australia all in one state.
You’ve got cities – from big high-rises like Brisbane and beach-swept Gold Coast, to flat inland mining cities like Mount Isa that double as gateways to the outback.
Then there are the islands. The Whitsunday Islands were once a stepping stone to the Great Barrier Reef, but now they’re a destination in themselves – mostly thanks to their eye-popping white beaches within throwing distance of the tropical mainland rainforests.
The mountain ranges are the cherry on top. The Great Dividing Range is one of the longest mountain ranges on the planet.
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